About Us

Laura Goldberg, founder and executive director

Violinist Laura Goldberg is not only a seasoned performer of chamber music, a dynamic soloist and teacher, she is also the founder of ArtsAhimsa, an international network of artists and friends creating concert events dedicated to promoting cross cultural understanding and nonviolence.

She received the B.M. and M.M. Degrees from The Juilliard School where she studied with Lewis Kaplan. She also studied with Charles Castleman, Nancy Cirillo, Felix Galimir, Josef Gingold, Louis Krasner, Eugene Lehner, Zoltan Szekeley, Ben Zander, and members of the Juilliard and Tokyo String Quartets.

Ms. Goldberg has played the Mendelssohn Concerto with the BSO as well as with the Wellesley Symphony, the Beethoven Concerto with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra (NH) and “The Lark Ascending” with the Bucknell University Orchestra (PA). She is a featured performer at Bargemusic in Brooklyn, NY, where she often performs in a string quartet with Bargemusic Artistic Director and noted Russian virtuoso violinist Mark Peskanov.

Ms. Goldberg was a founding member of the Cassatt quartet, which earned top prizes at the Banff, Coleman and Fischoff competitions and held chamber music residencies at Caramoor, Tanglewood, Juilliard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia U. and Bennington College. The quartet premiered more than fifty 20th century works, performing in France, Canada, Japan, and throughout the US. Ms. Goldberg has worked closely with contemporary composers including George Crumb, David Diamond, Henri Dutillieux, Philip Glass, Lisa Ralia Heffter, Moshe Knoll, Oliver Knussen, Steven Mackey, Ursula Mamlock, Joan Tower, and Julia Wolfe.

Laura has participated in many summer music festivals including Meadowmount, Yale Summer Music School at Norfolk, CT; Tanglewood, Lenox, MA; and The Quartet Program. She was a Faculty member of the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, ME. Laura teaches chamber music at The Juilliard School in the pre-college division and is the Music Chair at Belvoir Terrace, a summer fine arts center for girls in Lenox, Ma. Ms. Goldberg functions as Director of ArtsAhimsa.

ArtsAhimsa has presented more than thirty concert events since 2004. Recent events include the celebration of the International Day of Non-Violence, established by the United Nations, at the Rubin Museum of Art in NY, also recitals in Calcutta, New Delhi, London, and Beijing. Upcoming events include the fifth annual ArtsAhimsa Music Festival, a weeklong chamber music festival for both professional and amateur chamber music players. She is a board member of ACMP (Amateur Chamber Music Players’ Network), as well as DAHA (Dvorak American Heritage Association).

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